Often we find ourselves in a place where neither up nor down, left nor right seem worthy of exploration. Here, we become stuck in a gaze of thought. These stagnant moments aren’t just set before us by random order. Generally these surreal lapses in time come after choices that we’ve made or because of decisions that we’ve avoided making. These places can also be summoned upon hearing the right words. The sphere of stillness is a place of pondering and pause, but it’s within this space that we can find beauty and truth.
The hidden space moments that we find ourselves in at times are all around us. They exist in plain sight, though many are unequipped to see them. This is where epiphany happens and the deepest thought takes place. Though this moment may seem instantaneous for some, it can seem like a lifetime for others. This place is often described as the space between dreams and sleep, though we are not laying down, we are wide awake. This is where the mind wanders into oblivion and the subtleness of life is provoked and awakened.
Once I found myself in complete pause. Though a million things were happening all around me, I stood still, lost in thought. I wasn’t daydreaming, I had simply heard a statement that made me disappear from reality for just a moment. As I pondered what I heard, I began to separate from all noise, action and movement that was happening all the while. I became lost in my mind and turned the world on mute for a few moments. This is where pure thought is sparked.
Suddenly, as though some magic hand turned up the volume of the world, I was back in reality and still stunned at the information that I just heard. In a class several years ago, the speaker was sharing a sentiment from Ram Dass, and quoted him as saying “There comes a moment when “other” is no longer other.” I found this perplexing, yet astonishingly profound and full of synchronicity.
Though we can turn off the world if we should choose, the present moment is always engaged in stillness and motion simultaneously. There is no “other” moment. You may pause and become entranced, but the moment only seems to slow down and become still, though indeed it is still flowing freely all around you. It is continuous, ever evolving and changing, but still remaining as the constant of reality.
The sphere of stillness is where we witness our heart and mind merge into one whole vessel. This is where the spiritual mind lives, just waiting for a knock on the door. When we retract from the noise and become attuned with our soul, we then understand the simplicity of life. For just a split second, the ego is dropped on its head and we are enlightened. This is a sacred space, and one that exists for anyone to witness should they choose to find it.